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State successfully auctions off remaining aircraft

SPRINGFIELD—The State has finally sold off all of it’s excess airliners, according to Governor Bruce Rauner.   A year after former Governor Pat Quinn suggested that the state begin auctioning off the aircraft, Governor Rauner said their sale has been completed, “The successful sale of the state’s surplus aircraft is some much needed good news…Continue Reading

Comptroller Leslie Munger

Social Services begin to feel burden of budget impasse

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger’s office says it’s unable to pay social service agencies as directed by a court order because it can’t find the funds.   The comptroller writes Illinois’ checks and has been ordered to pay agencies by courts while Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers are deadlocked on a budget.  …Continue Reading

Park Repairs

DNR, Rauner, battle over budget as park repairs mount

SPRINGFIELD– State parks have a combined $720 million in repair needs, according to a new investigation.   The Better Government Association report says the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has been delaying maintenance projects for years, to the point where the total cost of completing repairs is more than double the department’s annual operating budget.…Continue Reading

U of I Provost Ilesanmi Adesida

U of I Provost to step down amidst “controversies”

URBANA — The second-ranking official at the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus says he will resign over what he calls controversies on campus.   Provost Ilesanmi Adesida said in an emailed statement Monday he’ll step down Aug. 31. His resignation follows this month’s exit of the top official at the flagship campus, Phyllis Wise.  …Continue Reading

Broc Winn Memorial Shirt

Broc Winn Memorial Fund

TUSCOLA – Broc Winn may have passed away a year ago, but residents of Tuscola will remember him for years to come.   Winn’s friends and family decided to set up a memorial fund for Broc after he committed suicide last year.  Nine of Winn’s close friends and family set up the memorial.  Shane Wasiloski…Continue Reading

David Gill

Gill ‘looking forward’ to independent Congressional race

BLOOMINGTON– A familiar face to Illinois politics is hoping a change of party affiliation will improve his chances for winning a congressional seat he has 4 times tried to win. Bloomington physician David Gill, who ran his previous campaigns for the 13th district congressional seat as part of the Democratic Party, has announced his 5th…Continue Reading

Day of Action 2

United Way sets $1.6 million fundraising goal for 2015 Campaign

DECATUR–  The United Way is taking a new approach to its 2015 campaign as they kick off their fundraising efforts this weekend. During their annual Day of Action, United Way Executive Director Debbie Bogle announced this year’s campaign will be chaired by a group of people, forgoing the usual method of just one person. The…Continue Reading

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